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Saturday, February 6th

This I could listen to all day.

John Cage (1912-1992), In a Landscape (1948)
Michael Compitello (marimba), live, c. 2013


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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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Saturday, January 30th

serendipity

What a joy to bump into this.

Charles Curtis (cello), live, West Hollywood, Calif., 2015


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random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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Thursday, January 21st

Ashley Fure (1982-), Soma (2012)
Curious Chamber Players, live, Germany (Darmstadt), 2012


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musical thoughts

Why shouldn’t our music be as mysterious as our life?

Monday, January 18th

spellbinding

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998), Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano (1978); Natalia Gutman (cello), Vassily Lobanov (piano)


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musical thoughts

How sad that some miss out, put off by an unfortunate label – “classical.”

Thursday, January 14th

sounds of Chicago

Still fresh after seventy years.

John Cage (1912-1992), Credo in Us (1942)
Third Coast Percussion, live, Chicago, 2011

Tuesday, January 12th

passings

Pierre Boulez, composer, conductor, March 16, 1925-January 5, 2016

Dérive 2 (P. Boulez), Ensemble Intercontemporain (Pierre Boulez, cond.), live


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Pierre Boulez, who has died aged 90, was arguably the single dominant figure of the classical musical world through the second half of the 20th century and beyond.

The Guardian obituary, 1/6/16

Thursday, December 31st

more

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Goldberg Variations
Andras Schiff (piano), live


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radio

WKCR‘s Bach Festival concludes at midnight.

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reading table

Nobody does letters to the editor like the Brits. Here, for instance, is how one begins in the December 17th issue of the London Review of Books:

I hesitate to disagree with my brother, David Matthews, about the order of the middle movements of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, but we have long held opposing views, mine being that the scherzo should come third (Letters, 3 December). . . .

Colin Matthews

London SW 11

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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To all who’ve dropped by this year (from, I’m told, 120 countries): May you have a happy and peaceful new year.

Wednesday, December 30th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
Kristóf Baráti (1979-), live, Moscow, 2008

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I wouldn’t mind dying if I knew I could listen to this all day.

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radio

The Bach Festival at WKCR (Columbia University)—all Bach, all the time—continues through midnight, New Year’s Eve.

Monday, December 28th

Close your eyes . . .

John Luther Adams (1953-), . . . and bells remembered . . . (2005)
Callithumpian Consort, 2011

 

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lagniappe

reading table

aware of the sun
setting, the butterfly
flits away

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue

Tuesday, December 22nd

The only thing hard about listening to this is letting go of everything else.

John Luther Adams (1953-), Dream in White on White (1992); Virtuoso String Orchestra (Joaquin Valdepenas, cond.), Sanya Eng (harp), live, Toronto, 2014


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reading table

Barn’s burnt down—
now
I can see the moon.

—Mizuta Masahide, 1657-1723 (translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk and Takashi Ikemoto)

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